Women of Salt and Light
February 7-9, 2020
WOMEN of Salt and Light
The movement of our annual Women’s Retreat from one geography (the seaside) to another (the hills and forests), is an opportune time for us to contemplate our beautiful new surroundings as a metaphor for our spiritual lives. What messages will we hear from one another, from our new setting, from our own resistance to or anticipation of change? What do we learn from our own inner teacher when we contemplate mountain edges, marshlands, starry skies, plains, deserts, wells, walls and forests in light of where we find ourselves in our journey as disciples called to be salt and light for the world?
We hope you will relax into a time of quiet and contemplation, savoring the salty flavor of the words of scripture, poetry and friendship. We pray you will leave refreshed and leavened with a spirit of love, generosity and compassion for the world we are called to serve and the daily lives to which we will return.
WHEN is the retreat?
February 7-9, 2020.
February 7: Check-in 3:30-4:30 pm (If you are unable to check in before 9 pm, please wait and come on Saturday morning.) It takes approximately 1 1/2 hours from Immaculate Conception to reach the retreat center.
February 9: Retreat ends at 1 pm.
WHERE is the retreat?
St Francis Springs Prayer Center is a Franciscan retreat center located in Stoneville, NC, north of Greensboro. It is located on 140 acres of beautiful and peaceful wooded property that offers a natural setting for prayer, reflection and meditation.
Contact: 477 Grogan Road, Stoneville, NC 27048. te: 336-573-3751
WHAT does it include?
Cost includes two nights’ lodging, retreat sessions and materials, journal, and all meals. Partial financial assistance may be available to parishioners, based on need (non-parishioners are not eligible for financial assistance). Contact Maryann Crea in the parish office by December 21 to inquire.
Are you interested in making a financial donation to help provide financial assistance? Such a tax-deductible donation is most welcome —please contact Maryann.
WHAT can I expect?
HOW do I get there?
Transportation is on your own. To save fuel and care for the environment, we encourage you to carpool, and encourage all passengers to reimburse the carpool driver (suggested amount $10). We also hope you’ll consider being a carpool driver. We will help connect people who would like to carpool; see the registration form to select your transportation option. If you need a ride, please be sure to sign up early.
ABOUT our facilitator:
Jude Siciliano, OP, belongs to the Dominican Order of Preachers and is the prior of St. Albert the Great Priory in Irving, Texas. He preaches and directs retreats across the country. Jude has lived in community with both women and men, has listened particularly to the struggles of women and is committed to bringing to light the experiences of women in the Church. We are truly blessed to have Fr. Jude with us once again on this retreat.